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Judy Collins: Newport Folk 2009

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One of the original performers at Newport Folk Festivals of yore, Collins came back with a voice that remains stunning. Another Newport alum, Joan Baez, joined Collins onstage for "Diamonds and Rust."

Judy Collins: Newport Folk 2009

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Neko Case: Newport Folk 2009

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Case's latest album, Middle Cyclone, has more of a pop sound than her previous efforts. There's still plenty of country heartbreak and sorrow, but the melodies seem brighter.

Neko Case: Newport Folk 2009

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Joan Baez: Newport Folk 2009

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Just one year after her first Newport appearance, Baez released her self-titled debut. It would become the mark of her music that it was inextricably linked to social and political change.

Joan Baez: Newport Folk 2009

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Dala: Newport Folk 2009

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine formed Dala after meeting in their high-school music class. Since then, they've picked up accolades for songs that can seem like throwbacks to an earlier era.

Dala: Newport Folk 2009

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Arlo Guthrie: Newport Folk 2009

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The younger Guthrie has released more than two dozen albums, founded the Guthrie Center and devoted himself to numerous political causes.

Arlo Guthrie: Newport Folk 2009

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Joe Pug: Newport Folk 2009

Pug's words twist their way out from between a guitar and harmonica, barely stopping for a chorus. On the way, they paint an utterly unromantic vision of finding a place to belong.

Joe Pug: Newport Folk 2009

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Campbell Brothers: Newport Folk 2009

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The family band's music melds the shuffle and thump of blues with gospel tradition, with the elastic notes played on the brothers' steel guitars echoing the sound of the human voice.

Campbell Brothers: Newport Folk 2009

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David Rawlings Machine: Newport Folk 2009

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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings put out Soul Journey, their last record under Welch's name, in 2003, and since then have toured under the moniker David Rawlings Machine.

David Rawlings Machine: Newport Folk 2009

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Deer Tick: Newport Folk 2009

Weathered and shot through with bursts of noise, Deer Tick's tunes can be endearingly sloppy, but the band's arrangements remain thoughtful.

Deer Tick: Newport Folk 2009

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Tim Eriksen: Newport Folk 2009

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It's pretty surprising that a former hardcore punk rocker would find musical kinship in such an old-time style as "shape note singing."

Tim Eriksen: Newport Folk 2009

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Balfa Toujours: Newport Folk 2009

The Breaux Bridge, La.-based Cajun ensemble Balfa Toujours is one of many great family acts to perform at Newport this year. The group stays in touch with a long tradition of revivalism.

Balfa Toujours: Newport Folk 2009

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The Del McCoury Band: Newport Folk 2009

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Del McCoury is one of the legendary names of country and bluegrass, with a 50-year career that has crossed paths with most major bluegrass artists playing in that time.

The Del McCoury Band: Newport Folk 2009

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Elvis Perkins In Dearland: Newport Folk 2009

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Since Perkins started putting out records in 2006, he's developed a reputation as a magnetic, commanding performer.

Elvis Perkins In Dearland: Newport Folk 2009

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